I was then forced to open up a @mac.com AppleID for dotMac, which then was converted by Apple into a slightly schizophrenic double identity where the same prefix can be used both with @mac.com and with @me.com, even though they are treated like two different AppleIDs, sort of.
Originally Posted by bedouin
That's weird, I can use either my @me.com or @mac.com interchangeably. They are the same account. I can login to iTunes with either.
They are the same account, but if you set up e.g. an iOS device or a Mac's e-mail account, you have to decide which one you will use. On the Mac, you can then use the other like an alias.
On iOS devices, even with iOS 5, you can't chose the other as "source" e-mail address.
So if I set my accounts up with email@example.com
, I can't send an e-mail FROM firstname.lastname@example.org
on an iOS device. The aliases that I set up show up as FROM choices, but the basic email@example.com
is not part of the list of choices I'm given.
This is confusing for people who know only my mac.com address, and worse, for mailing lists with anti-spam measures, I can't send any replies from my iPhone or iPad, because I can't use the From: address that's registered with the mailing list as being authorized to post.
I notified Apple multiple times about the bug, but the replies I got show that unlike in the old days when real Apple developers were sifting through the bug reports, now there are a bunch of trained monkeys who have not the slightest clue of what I was talking about.
Enough said: the issue is still not fixed, which I think is pretty pathetic.